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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 7 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 3:1-10
Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9
Luke 24:13-35

A reflection on today's Scripture:

I have always found it odd that the disciples on the road to Emmaus failed to recognize Jesus as He walked and talked with them. It would seem that with all they had witnessed Him do and how they witnessed His terrible death, the image of the Lord would have been well-impressed on their minds. So, why did they fail to recognize Him?

I believe the answer lies in one short verse from today's reading when the disciples comment to Jesus, "But we were hoping that He would be the one to redeem Israel." As they continued to tell the Lord about the empty tomb and that He had been resurrected, it still did not occur to them that Christ had actually fulfilled what He had come to do and had conquered what He set out to conquer.

They, like nearly all the nation of Israel, were expecting a political messiah and through what they all witnessed and endured during Jesus' crucifixion, they had lost hope and given up. They were looking for a king that would conquer the world, not a king that would conquer sin and death.

How often does this same thing occur to us? How many times do we expect to see Jesus as an exalted king of creation, but fail to see Him in the homeless man on the street? How many times do we expect Him to fix all our great problems, but fail to see Him in the infinite number of small things He does in our lives? Now is the time to let our eyes be opened and see Him in all things and not just as we sometimes expect.

~ Don Claunch, SFO | email: dlclaunch@bresnan.net

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wednesday in the Week of Easter

Lives of the saints:

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